Federal spending to fight fires appears to be headed for a record.
DeMario says that as these fires grow and the smoke thickens, visibility lessens, which means it's that much more hard to engage in suppression efforts and that OR has burned over twice as many acres as previous year, putting us on course to catch up with 2015.
The Chetco Bar Fire has been taking advantage of this over the past week, jumping containment lines and spreading rapidly.
The Forest Service estimated that by the end of the month, which corresponds with the end of this fiscal year, it would spend an estimated $300 million more than budgeted for wildfire suppression efforts.
More than 26,000 people are fighting the fires, backed by more than 200 helicopters, 1,800 trucks and 28 air tankers dropping water and fire-retardant slurry.
Last week, I declared a statewide fire disaster here in Montana. "So thankful no lives lost". The air quality index ranged from "hazardous" to "unhealthy" throughout the state.
It may not get better.
McLean said fire season in California has become a year-long affair.
To date, FEMA has issued FMAGs for the Lodgepole Complex Fire and the Lolo Peak Fire.
The Seeley Lake-area residents were evacuated on August 28 because of a fire caused by lightning that has burned 187 square miles (485 square kilometers) of forest land since it started on July 24.
The lightning bolt that sparked the Park Creek fire, taken from a fire lookout on Stonewall Mountain in Montana in mid-July.
Mike Cole with Greg Poncin's Incident Management team now fighting fires in Seeley Lake, says their team has assisted with many non-fire disasters throughout the country through the years. However, the temperatures are expected to warm up over the rest of the week and fire officials say the fire season is far from over. "At some point, our policymakers need to understand that these are not simply natural disasters".
Smoke is lingering from northern California and central Nevada to Montana. It has been created to help victims of the 2017 Lodgepole Complex fire.
"It is bankrupting us", Bailey said. Donations can also be taken to Independence Bank, or to Ezzies for fuel.
Thank you for your continued strength and vigilance during this time. The fire is now nearly completely contained; only 5 out of potentially 1,400 homes were destroyed, according to Firehouse.com. "We're just going to have to hunker down and get through it together".
Wright said, "If you'd like for your money to stay here in Montana then you can select the option of a local chapter, and that money will stay here in Montana".
For those who are anxious about golfers' safety at this point, they were just fine.
The study's findings could be used by communities to identify whether their water resources are especially at risk, and whether they have a suitable watershed management and protection plan in place, said Joel Sankey, USGS scientist and lead author of the study. The rest were killed by drought, disease, fire or other causes.
"The moisture has been ripped out of these plants and it takes an bad lot to get that moisture back into them", McLean said.